Greenbrier County Schools ready for 2020-2021 school year

GREENBRIER COUNTY, WV (WOAY) – With the first day of school in West Virginia five days away, schools throughout the state are making final preparations for the start of the year.

It’s been over five months since students have been able to attend school in-person. With the first day of school five days away, Greenbrier County school employees are finishing up their final preparations after months of hard work.

“On Tuesday, which is September 8th, our first grade and fifth graders will be coming in the building,” said Lewisburg Elementary School Principal Leann Piercy-McMillion. “And then, the next day will be another grade level, and then the following. So we get them all in on that week. Except for our Kindergarten and Pre-K, who will be starting the week of September 14th.”

It has been a group effort throughout the summer to put Greenbrier County Schools in the position to come back on Tuesday, and that hasn’t gone unnoticed.

“Every single employee for Greenbrier County Schools has really gone above and beyond,” said Greenbrier County Superintendent Jeff Bryant. “They’ve maintained a really positive attitude. It would be very easy at this time to lose focus. They’ve maintained their focus on what the important objective is. That’s providing the safest environment possible for our children as they return to school.”

Greenbrier County has been right around the minimal-increased community transmission zone since the re-entry color coding system was announced.

“Everyone has done a remarkable job of doing what they need to do,” Piercy-McMillion said. “We’ve all been blessed, I think, in our county to have had such a low rate of COVID cases.”

While Greenbrier slipped into the yellow from the green today, school officials and employees are hoping to remain in that range to be able to finally get students back in the buildings on Tuesday.